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by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 29, 2023 8:15 pm
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Topic: Gillian Evans writes about teaching and a tribunal in Scotland which failed her son in every way
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Re: Gillian Evans writes about teaching and a tribunal in Scotland which failed her son in every way

Please use the link below to find out about Anne Glennie's petition in Scotland to urge research-informed teacher training for teachers in Scotland. It takes seconds to sign the petition - please, please support this important cause: https://rrf.org.uk/messageforum/viewtopic.php?t=6640 You can sign ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 29, 2023 8:11 pm
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Topic: Gillian Evans writes about teaching and a tribunal in Scotland which failed her son in every way
Replies: 2
Views: 5697

Gillian Evans writes about teaching and a tribunal in Scotland which failed her son in every way

RRF committee member, Gillian Evans, has written about the travesty of the failure of teachers in Scotland to teach her dyslexic son to read because they did not use the research-informed approach which includes high quality, systematic synthetic phonics. Instead, Thomas was taught with whole words,...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Jun 29, 2023 7:52 pm
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Topic: Please sign Anne Glennie's petition to promote phonics training in Scotland
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Please sign Anne Glennie's petition to promote phonics training in Scotland

RRF Committee Member, Anne Glennie, is a literacy specialist in Scotland. Anne has been pioneering for evidence-informed reading instruction in Scotland for many years - specifically to include 'systematic synthetic phonics'. She launched a parliamentary petition in 2017 which was fully supported by...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun May 21, 2023 5:28 pm
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Topic: PIRLS 2023 - Good news for England!
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Re: PIRLS 2023 - Good news for England!

Minister for Schools, Nick Gibb, has written a back-story article in The Times referencing the pioneering of the UK Reading Reform Foundation which is very gratifying to see. I've added the article via the link below and cross-referenced the threads featuring the 2023 PIRLS results: https://rrf.org....
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun May 21, 2023 5:24 pm
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Topic: A Tribute to Nick Gibb MP for his many achievements in England and influence in Australia
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Re: A Tribute to Nick Gibb MP for his many achievements in England and influence in Australia

May 2023 update: The 2023 PIRLS results show England rising to 4th in the international pecking order for literacy. In England's context, there is some public recognition for the role Nick Gibb (Minister for Schools) has played over many years to ensure and embed 'Systematic Synthetic Phonics' provi...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat May 20, 2023 11:51 am
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Topic: PIRLS 2023 - Good news for England!
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Re: PIRLS 2023 - Good news for England!

This is a very interesting piece by Andrew - linked to the detractors and their detraction and the latest PIRLS results: https://teachingbattleground.wordpress.com/2023/05/20/pirls-tells-us-who-was-wrong/ I've many-a-time responded to some of the most vociferous detractors such as Michael Rosen and ...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Tue May 16, 2023 2:15 pm
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Topic: Wikipedia and Synthetic Phonics
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Re: Wikipedia and Synthetic Phonics

Thank you for flagging up the latest Wikipedia entry for Synthetic Phonics, Elizabeth. I wouldn't agree with this description immediately below. Dictating nonsense words is not really desirable is it? Better to ask learners to spell real words surely. Nonsense words are best kept for periodic assess...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sat May 13, 2023 5:44 pm
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Topic: Speech-to-print (aka sound-to-print)
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Re: Speech-to-print (aka sound-to-print)

I agree, Jenny. And it's also being (arguably) pedantic and purist rather than pragmatic. From a pragmatic perspective, I suggest to teachers that they point out it is rare for an end letter 'e' to have any pronunciation. There are so few words, such as cafe, that require generation of a sound for t...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Apr 16, 2023 2:53 pm
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Topic: What phonological skills are needed for reading - by Sue Lloyd
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What phonological skills are needed for reading - by Sue Lloyd

Sue has contributed a helpful post for the RRF blog featuring 'phonological skills' - are these really pre-requisites before planned, systematic synthetic phonics teaching? Coincidentally, Professor Kevin Wheldall flagged up an excellent report written by Nicola Bell covering the same topic along wi...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Sun Apr 16, 2023 1:21 pm
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Topic: Sir Jim Rose
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Re: Sir Jim Rose

Please find enclosed a presentation by Sir Jim Rose that Learning Difficulties Australia would like to share.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZgVL4ZW5fI

With best wishes
Robyn Wheldall
LDA Vice-President 2022-23
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Fri Mar 24, 2023 3:15 pm
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Topic: Sir Jim Rose
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Re: Sir Jim Rose

Thank you Jenny. Friday 24th March 2023: I just watched Sir Jim's memorial service online which was very heartfelt and moving. I found Jim to be the most gentlemanly of gentlemen and he was certainly much respected including internationally. Jim's younger brother began the service by relaying his re...
by Debbie Hepplewhite
Thu Dec 08, 2022 1:00 pm
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Topic: Speech-to-print (aka sound-to-print)
Replies: 7
Views: 5908

Re: Speech-to-print (aka sound-to-print)

Extremely interesting to note is that a phonics programme previously labelled as 'linguistic phonics' (meaning sound to print) has now become labelled as a 'synthetic phonics programme'. This is astonishing. Is this a move purely to capitalise on the labelling that has been adopted by England's Depa...